Our Learning Model
Today’s digital, interconnected age has disrupted traditional industries, and you want more than a just traditional college degree for career success. At Plymouth State, Integrated Clusters will give you the vital critical thinking and collaboration skills prized by employers.
You’ll work with students from other majors, and with faculty, regional partners, businesses, and nonprofit organizations, gaining real-world, résumé-boosting experience tackling “Wicked Problems” of your choice (from sustainability to social justice, and education to artificial intelligence—to name just a few). PSU students have helped to revitalize communities, address the opioid epidemic, and research pressing legal issues, among many other Cluster projects.
Integrated Clusters will energize your studies throughout your college career, beginning in your very first semester. Join us, and make a difference in your education, career prospects, and the world!
The Four Tools of Clusters
First Year Seminar
During your First-Year Seminar, you will develop problem solving skills by working in a team to propose solutions to difficult societal challenges. Topics have included gender equity, fake news, immigration, and social entrepreneurship.
Themed General Education Courses
Courses within your general education program are themed around meaningful issues. For example, the first-year composition course, which improves your writing and fact-acquisition skills, may focus on theatre, curiosity, psychology, and social change.
Through the use of open labs, you will collaborate with other students from a variety of majors on projects with partners from local businesses and organizations.
Integrated Capstone Experience
Through the integrated capstone, you will collaborate across disciplines to create a signature project that addresses a significant problem, issue, or question.
Plymouth State students work with faculty and community partners on projects that span multiple disciplines and develop a student’s understanding of and experience with dynamic teams. Explore example projects:
- Business and Community Development in the North Country of New Hampshire
- Developing Healthy, Contemplative Communities
- Migration Studies and Cultural Impact on Bird Species
- Creating Impactful Workplace Wellness Programs
- Exploring the History of Rural New Hampshire Towns